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Social inequality

Report

Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework: baseline indicator data for Australians aged 18-64 years

Highlighting gaps and limitations in national data related to people with disability, this report presents the first national data using the Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework and Indicators developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Report

An inclusive future? Technology, new dynamics, and policy challenges

This report addresses questions related to technology’s implications for inequality and to the policy agenda to promote more inclusive economic growth and development from technological advances.
Report

The case for living wages

As a key pathway to addressing poverty, living wages are rich in business benefits. This report argues that the payment of living wages remains one of the most powerful routes to help people out of poverty, realise human rights, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals...
Conference paper

Poverty and affluence in Sydney and Melbourne

It is arguable that the neoliberal macroeconomic policies pursued in Australia from 1994 to 2019 exacerbated social segregation at regional scale and that this contributed to the increase in economic inequality. To assess this argument, social segregation is mapped for Sydney and Melbourne (each divided...
Conference proceedings

City economics and economies: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Australasian cities have ridden a long wave of economic growth driven by the export of resources, international education, tourism, and immigration. Far from being equally shared, this growth has instead produced widening disparities within and between cities, suburbs, and regions.
Conference proceedings

Keynote papers: SOAC 2021 conference abstracts

SOAC 2021 and these conference keynote papers focused on urban and regional transitions in the COVID-recovery era to report and appraise the social, spatial, and economic consequences for equity, inclusion and justice.
Conference paper

Cities within a city in Sydney

This paper analyses the urban divide in Sydney from urban planning perspectives in the framework of critical philosophies by applying a qualitative research method of documents analysis and semi-structured interviews.
Report

Attitudes to inequalities

This research identifies three distinct groups within the population that emerged from a survey of responses to questions about structural and individual causes of inequalities, fairness and perceptions of inequalities in the United Kingdom.
Briefing paper

2021 Federal Budget: CSI budget response

The Centre for Social Impacts' response to the 2021 Federal Budget discusses how the key changes presented are likely to have an impact, both positive and negative, on different social issues around Australia.
Journal article

Addressing health and social care during and beyond COVID-19: the importance of implementation science

This paper argues that the involvement of consumers and the community in the quest to combat and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic will enable social equity, as demonstrated by a case study.
Report

Unequal Britain: attitudes to inequalities after COVID-19

Based on a nationally representative survey of over 2,000 people, this study examines attitudes towards different types of inequality, in the context of the coronavirus crisis.
Report

State of the nation 2021

This report looks at five specific areas of social wellbeing and measures outcomes that impact on the wellbeing of the communities, whānau and individuals that the Salvation Army, Te Ope Whakaora, works with.
Discussion paper

Ways to reconcile and heal America

At a critical time in the United States' history, this paper examines how polarised discussions on race, ethnicity, religion, immigration and gender stem from years of income inequality, geographic disparities, systemic racism and the rise of digital technology. The authors also propose policy solutions to...
Report

Inequality in Australia 2020 - part 2: who is affected and why

This report is the second part of the research being conducted by the ACOSS and UNSW Poverty and Inequality in Australia Partnership. The research uses the latest available data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (for 2017-18), and digs deeper into understanding who stands where...
Report

The wealth of the public

This report explores what an alternative to the welfare state could look like.
Discussion paper

We’ve got your back: building a framework that protects us from precarity

This paper proposes is a complete reconfiguration of Australia's social security system - a reconfiguration that brings together an integrated policy framework with elements that would constitute a social guarantee in the face of the threats to social and economic security that have come to...
Report

Minimum wages to the maximum: the risks of lifting the minimum wage

The report argues for a much higher minimum wage to help reduce inequality and lift productivity. This is despite the fact that the minimum wage was already increased from $17.70 to $18.90 in April of this year. In particular, the report recommends a “living wage”...
Discussion paper

Gains for everyone

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major social and economic shock to Aotearoa New Zealand. The paradigm-shifting nature of this truly global event also presents a unique opportunity to create a more equitable economic model, crafting a post-pandemic Aotearoa New Zealand characterised by more-inclusive...
Report

Helping households in debt

Much like Australia, household debt is increasing in the United Kingdom. This report examines how the financial impacts of COVID-19 may affect people in different demographic groups and regions, and explores experiences of debt and household finance before and during the pandemic.
Report

Inequality in Australia 2020 - part 1: overview

This report includes a preliminary analysis of the likely impact of COVID-19, the associated ‘lockdowns’, and government income support measures on income inequality.